A little home cooking can go a long way in the NHL. The Bruins were in Boston for game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals for game 3, and they were able to feed off of their own energetic crowd en route to a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. There are plenty of moments in game 3 to focus on, but to me this game was a perfect example of the B’s buying into Claude Julien’s system, and doing what is necessary to win a hockey game.
Tuukka Rask may have earned his third shutout of the postseason tonight, but he did so with a lesser workload than he had in the previous two games. He only faced 28 shots in game 3 as the team in front of him absolutely shutdown the Hawks. The B’s blocked a whopping 17 shots in last night’s effort compared to Chicago’s 7.
Dennis Seidenberg earned himself the coveted army jacket following his effort in the tilt. Seides is easily one of the most underrated players on the Bruins, and in the NHL. It was nice to see his teammates award him the jacket because they truly understand the dedication he has to the team. He didn’t add a goal or an assist on the score sheet, but he did lead the team in blocked shots with 6, and hits with 4. He also broke up countless Chicago scoring chances, and was relentless in his pursuit of the puck during the Bruins’ penalty kill.
Chris Kelly also had a hell of a game last night, and has really turned it on during the finals. He may not have had a stellar regular season, but Kelly is a major part of this team. He does countless things that do not show up on the scoreboard, which is too bad because it seems as if he is constantly criticized for not scoring. Scoring has never been a major part of Kelly’s career despite his incredible breakout offensive season last year. Kelly is incredible in the faceoff dot, a tenacious back-checker, and a leader. He was all over his teammates during their weak start in game 2, and it was awesome to see him score the goal that got the Bruins rolling. He had an assist last night, a +1, and won 76% of his face-offs.
Speaking of face-offs… Patrice Bergeron was an absolute animal in the dot last night. He won 24 out of 28 draws, which is good for 86%, and also added his second powerplay goal of the series from a nice Jaromir Jagr feed. He led the team in shots during the game with 7 as well.